Is the end ready for Windows 8?

Is this the end of Windows 8? If recent claims in the tech media are accurate, the much-disparaged Windows operating system could be meeting its end. InfoWorld writer Woody Leonhard recently took a look at the rumors. And if what he's found is true, Windows 8 might soon be replaced by a trio of new products.

A new era?

Leonhard writes about Microsoft's Threshold project, the next round of updates to improve Windows, Windows RT, Windows Phone and Xbox. According to the rumors, users will be able to rely on Threshold updates to perform "high-value" activities across all of these platforms.

What’s coming

Leonhard points out published stories by such tech sites as ZDNet to demonstrate that Microsoft will soon be unveiling three new Threshold-level versions of Windows. The first will be a modernized Metro consumer version. You'll also have a traditional consumer version and an Enterprise version centered on business users.

A better Windows 7?

Here's the hope expressed by Leonhard: The next version of Windows, whatever it is eventually called, will operate as an updated version of Windows 7. Most computer users liked Windows 7, and why not? It was clean, efficient and easy to use. Windows 8, on the other hand, is frustrating and features a steep learning curve. A boosted Windows 7, though? That could be the best Windows news to come about in years.

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